living an unconventional life, one cocktail at a time

Safe stairs.

If you know us even a little, you know that since we bought our 138-year-old house back in 1999, we’ve been living in a permanent state of home renovation. Seriously, it never ends. The house was divided into two apartments at one point; one upstairs, one downstairs. We rented the upstairs apartment to Tierney and then Pat, and then we kicked our friends out and took over the space. In order to convert the...

Just a little something daddy whipped up.

As much as people might think it’s cool to be married to a bartender– specially made drinks whenever I want them and the ability to say “hey, make me a handmade margarita instead of pouring the pre-mixed kind”– it’s even better to be married to one who’s handy around the house. Although we pretty much spoiled Cooper with a bucket full ‘o fun stuff on Easter, it...

Easter bucket.

Sunday was technically Cooper’s second Easter, but since he was only three months old for his first one and had no idea what was going on, I’m counting this as his first. We originally had plans to visit Grammie and Papa for the weekend, but a certain local basketball team and the NCAA tournament interfered. Win or lose, fans still drink–which means dad has to work. So we spent Easter weekend at...

Shamrock shuffle.

Yesterday, Cooper completed his first 5K! The Shamrock Shuffle is just one of the bazillion events that make up the annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade extravaganza. If you thought it was *just* a parade, you would be wrong. The entire production takes place throughout most of the year with a variety of fundraising events that benefit local children’s charities and culminates on March 17 with a...

Happy valentine.

It’s hard to believe that one year ago today, I was trying to take pictures of a baby boy who wouldn’t stay propped up very well on the couch. Today, I was trying to take pictures of a toddler who wouldn’t stay still. The real valentine surprise was yesterday. I sent Big Jay to daycare! It took the toddlers a little while to warm up to the bird, and Cooper was way more interested in the candy...

Birthday book of cards.

My obsession with Pinterest is finally paying off. Thanks to pinners ’round the world, I’ve found some ways to start organizing things that I can never bring myself to throw away, yet I could never figure out what to do with them besides toss them in a manila envelope and shove them on a shelf, never to be looked at again. Yes, I’m talking about cards. I’ve been a compulsive card-and-letter...

Boy’s best friend.

I was a little worried about how our rambunctious yellow lab would react to a new baby in the house. After all, she’d been the “baby” of the family, spoiled rotten for all three years of her life. The experts all say that labs are great with kids, but since Lucy was especially attached to me, I wondered how she’d feel when a new little person took away a lot of my attention. What I should...

Nine months and change.

I’m baaaaack. Three months and a few days later, and I finally found a few minutes to write something. The last three months have been busy. BUSY. Baby is growing and changing at a super-charged speed (and his crawling-around-the-floor speed is pretty fast, too), work is busier than ever and life just keeps moving forward. What have we been doing? Cooper and I went to Aquababy classes, a mommy-and-baby...

Six months later.

Six months ago, I had the craziest day of my life. It was a Tuesday, right after the strangest Christmas we’ll ever have. We woke up early, drove to Overland Park and calmly checked in to the hospital. “I’m here for a c-section.” It felt pretty weird to be walking in the hospital to have a baby as if it were any other random doctor’s appointment. No water breaking in the middle of a...

Have you seen my mind? I lost it today.

I’m convinced that before too many more days go by, I’ll be that crazy person who puts her phone in the microwave or can’t find her keys because they’re in the freezer, while the ice cream is melting in her purse. Mornings are a little bit more hectic with a baby. (All the seasoned parents are laughing at me now.) Mornings have never been my favorite time of the day, but trying to wrangle an...

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